“Well, she says if we’re single at 40, we’ll get married and move to the country…” Passenger, Catch in the Dark I was listening to the lyrics of this beautiful song the other day, and it got me to thinking whether anyone actually marries their back-up person? It’s a romantic notion, and a nod to a lifelong [click here to read more]
A few months ago, Britmums asked me to write about my writing journey; which I did.
It’s just been published on their ‘magazine’ and I thought I really should share it with you on here too. It made me feel quite sentimental when I wrote it; reminiscing on key people/institutions that made a huge difference. Sometimes I wonder ‘What if…?’. What if my friend, Helen T, didn’t suggest blogging? What if I hadn’t got a few lucky breaks? What if I hadn’t gone to blogging conferences? What if I hadn’t met my poetry friends? What if Helen Braid hadn’t planted the seed that I could set up my own press? What if it had all gone belly-up?
Oh, what if, what if…
It happened. It’s still happening. I believe that those small, but significant connections/decisions we make are what shape us. And sometimes, it’s only retrospectively that you can appreciate the people and events who have changed our life.
I came out of a poetry meeting the other night and, walking back to the car, I felt an overpowering sense that I had ‘found my place’. A place which has many roads leading from it and many more steps to climb, but a place I feel anchored in, safe; somewhere I belong.
And I have my Helens to thank.